A Letter To Everyone From The Girl Who's Involved In Everything

A Letter To Everyone From The Girl Who's Involved In Everything

My life may seem fun-filled, but it can be very stressful, so just bear with me.
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Dear everyone in my life,

I am sure you can all see that I am involved in a little bit of everything. I'm a do-it-all kinda girl. While that may make me seem like somewhat of an interesting person, it can cause some issues for myself.

To the boyfriend,

I am sorry if I seem like sometimes I just don't have time for us. I'm sorry if I choose a barrel race, getting ahead on homework, working an extra weekend, or a modeling job over a date with you. I am sorry for all of the ill moods you have to deal with when I become overwhelmed or am just totally exhausted. I don't expect you to just deal with it, so I promise I'm trying to do better. Just know, it's never you. I have a need to do everything and I am just having a hard time balancing it all.

To my parents,

I promise that your support means the world to me. You have financially, mentally, emotionally and even through transportation for a period of time. I am sorry if I seemed as if my softball game or tennis match was the most important thing in the world, causing you to miss your friend's birthday dinner, or some adult time with each other. I appreciate all those times you sat there watching me at the countless sports games, school functions, etc. You are the main reason I am able to do everything I want to do.

To my friends,

Y'all are golden. Considering I have had so many friends ditch me because they didn't understand why I couldn't go to the mall with them or go to a party because of [insert one of my many commitments], y'all actually stuck around. Thank you also for attending my many events and being my biggest cheerleaders. I promise that I will always try to make time for y'all, and you can be sure that if you ever truly need me, I will drop whatever I am doing and come running.

To every coach, professor or person involved in the activity I am taking part in,

I hope you can see that I am putting forth 100 percent effort. Even though I spread myself pretty thin with all that I am involved in, I do my best to give each activity my full potential. I truly hope that shows. I do not ever want special treatment or for you to take it easy on me.

To everyone that thinks my life is fun-filled and easy,

You are way wrong. My life may be fun and full of opportunities, but it is also very stressful. There are plenty of times when I wish that I only did one thing, or nothing at all. I enjoy all the many things I am involved in: art, modeling, work, school, barrel racing, selling Thrive, being a Sand Cloud ambassador, and writing for Odyssey. They are all blessings and I am so appreciative of these opportunities, but every now and then a girl needs some wine and a bubble bath and a deep breath.

Sincerely,

A Very Busy Girl

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4. How to use the term “ma'am” or “sir” (that is, use it as much as possible).
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14. If a man won’t meet your family after four dates, dump him.
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Men, My 'Plan B' Is Also Your 'Plan B' So Be Prepared To Cough Up

Unprotected takes two people, dude.

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Now, not that I know a whole lot of anything on this subject. But I am very passionate about men and women being equals as well as often having the opinion that "men are trash."

When having sex, in any circumstance, it takes two willing partners who are aware of the conditions of the activity. When having unprotected sex, it is even more important to make sure both partners are on the same terms. Now, personally, I think having unprotected sex is a stupid and unnecessary risk. Not only do you run a pregnancy risk, but you run an STI risk as well.

But, if two people are going to have unprotected sex, it is a good idea to have a plan for emergency contraceptives. If you think you're going to get laid without agreeing to help pay or placing the responsibility of Plan B on the woman, you're wrong and I am more than willing to tell you why.

First of all, Plan B is expensive and sex is not worth the cost. It is $50 for just one pill. If you think sex with someone who is too cheap to pay for it is worth it, you're a few screws loose. I don't care who you are, it's not worth it.

Second of all, the woman is not the only person engaging in sex. It takes two people to engage in successful consensual sexual intercourse. Therefore, it should take to people to pay for the emergency contraceptive. I am petty enough to take money from your wallet. Don't try me.

Third, it's 2018. Women and men are becoming equals. Therefore, you need to walk yourself right on out of 1952 and stop telling women what their responsibilities are and are not. Women are tired of men dictating what they should and shouldn't do. If you can run around telling women Plan B is their job we can tell you that cleaning up all of the mess that sex leaves is your job.

I will tell you right now, I will never cover the cost of Plan B on my own when I didn't have sex alone. So you have three options here: a.) split the cost b.) wear a condom c.) have a child.

The cost of Plan B One Step birth control at Walgreens is $49.99. And I again state, we will split it. So, split in half that's roughly $24.99. Condoms, on average, cost from $2-$6 for a pack of 3. A baby, on average in the United States costs $10,808. So, I beg the question, A five minute $24.99 trip to Walgreens for Plan B, a relatively cheap box of condoms, or $10,808+ multiplied over 18 years of life?

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